““It was very hard when I first started modeling. My family was struggling, it was very difficult. I couldn’t get any work. I wanted to help my mother care for us, and now I am so thankful that I’ve been able to help her more than I imagined.”
— Tanya Dziahileva”—
“An absolutely necessary part of a writer’s equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself. If he doesn’t have the faith in himself, the energy, the ambition, to shake it off or absorb it and plough ahead, he’ll wind up a one-book man or a two-book man, and hitting the bottle instead of the typewriter. Failure is more consistent—for everybody—than success. It’s like living in a rainy belt—there are some sunny days, but most of the time it’s wet outside and you’d better carry your umbrella. Anyway, failure is apt to produce self-pity, and it’s been my experience that self-pity can be very productive.”—
“Why do people trust so many photographs they know (or at least should know) are a fiction? Because they want to. Give a tool like photography to a flawed creature like us humans, and that’s what you get: Beauty and terrifying contradictions.”—
The narcissist is a human pendulum hanging by the thread of the void that is his False Self. He swings between brutal and vicious abrasiveness - and mellifluous, saccharine sentimentality. It is all a simulacrum. A verisimilitude. A facsimile. Enough to fool the casual observer. Enough to extract the drug - other people’s glances - the reflection that sustains this house of cards somehow. But the stronger and more rigid the defences - and nothing is more resilient than narcissism - the bigger and deeper the hurt they aim to compensate for.
One’s narcissism stands in direct relation to the seething abyss and the devouring vacuum that one harbours in one’s True Self.
“It’s deplorable that sexually adventurous young women are constantly told they are “degrading themselves” by seeking out various experiences, that every bit of enjoyment eats away at some secret store of purity. This whole tradition–the idea that women need be preserved in glass so as not to “ruin” themselves, lest they diminish their sexual value by “giving it away”–restricts the lived autonomy of women in ways I can’t even begin to articulate. None of the slut-shaming makes sense unless you assume women live to give themselves to men in their purest possible form.”—
““I get really obsessed with the person I am photographing. Some photographers treat models like models and they don’t want to know anything about them. They want them to be a blank canvas that you go and paint with. Me, I like people.”
— Mario Testino”—
““Photography has broken free from being secondary and imitating the techniques of etching, painting or carpet-making. Having found its own way it is blossoming and fresh breezes bring a scent that is particular only to photography. New possibilities lie ahead.”
— Alexander Rodchenko, for the Soviertskoye foto, 31st October 1934”—
“Photography has nothing to do with publishing. Nothing! People get totally confused about that. You take photographs because you have to - you photograph because you can’t not photograph!. The rest is show-business. I can’t state that too strongly. Just shoot - worry about the rest later, What matters is what happens to you while you’re taking the photo, the rest is just bullshit! Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in it. just shoot!”—
Moist looks so sexy, decadent and free. I´m really exited about it. In this times all the magazines are so rigid an bored. An editorial with Corinthians helmets big tited girls would be awesome. Best Wishes Mike!